What is it? ChefButler
How Much? $35/month for a box every month or $17.50/month for boxes every other month
What’s in it? Unique recipes, and high-quality dry ingredients and sauces needed to create a full meal.
The March ChefButler box featured food from Pakistan. You can read my original box review post here. I invited a few friends over for dinner the other night and prepared them a Middle Eastern feast. This is the third ChefButler meal I have prepared, and I think this one is my favourite.
On the menu:
- Vegetable Biryani
- Beef Queema
The ChefButler box included all the dry goods necessary, even rice! Everything comes pre-measured. Just cut open the packet and dump it in.
The shopping list list required the following fresh food items:
- 1 red onion - $1.20
- 1 white onion - $1.25
- 1 tomato - $1.10
- 2 large carrots - $0.53
- 1lb yellow potatoes - $2.30
- 7 garlic cloves (already had on hand)
- ginger root (already had on hand)
- fresh cilantro - $0.98
- frozen peas - $1.49
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef - $11.00 (2lbs)
- plain yogourt - $4.97
- whole milk - $1.99
- cooking oil (already had on hand)
Biryani & Queema
The recipes were very easy to follow. The biggest time consumer was prepping the veggies - onions, carrots, tomato, and potatoes. Once the "mise en place", or prep work was complete, the cooking process was very easy. The Game Plan suggested to start the Queema once the rice was cooking. The timing worked perfectly as both dishes were finished cooking around the same time.
Vegetable Biryani is like rice pilaf. It's seasoned with garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala, and turmeric. It was very flavourful and quite delicious. I will make this one again.
Beef Queema reminded me of goulash while I was cooking it. When it was complete it reminded me of Shepard's pie filling. When I tasted it, this queema reminded me of beef samosa filling. That's probably the best way to describe it. Queema is seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon. It's stewed with peas and potatoes in a milk and yogourt mixture. I was a little concerned the potatoes would not cook through, but they ended up being absolutely perfect. This was another fragrant, flavourful dish. It's easily my favourite ChefButler dish so far.
Coconut & Apricot Ladoo
For dessert we made Ladoo. I opted not to prepare these in advance and instead made them with my guests while dinner was cooking. I thought it might make the food experience more fun and I was right. We had a great time trying to shape little balls out of the super sticky, sweet mixture. The balls were good, but nothing something I would make again.
If you are interested in trying the March ChefButler box featuring food from Pakistan, contact ChefButler by e-mail. At the end of each month they sell the left over boxes as a one-time purchase option for $35 each, while supplies last.